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April 10, 2014
12:25 EDTIMPV, RAD, EBAY, RT, ALLY, BBBY, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since 2007. Stocks began the session slightly lower following disappointing trade data from China, but the market seemed to briefly try and make a move into positive territory shortly after the opening bell. The attempt was short circuited when the tech-heavy Nasdaq began to weaken and the averages have continued to drift lower throughout the morning, leaving the Nasdaq down more than 2% near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. However, many discounted the figure, which can be volatile around March and April due to the timing of Passover and Easter, as well as other seasonal factors. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) fell over 2.5% after the online marketplace operator struck a deal with noted investor Carl Icahn to end his proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting. The company agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director and Icahn withdrew both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s board... Shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), which was formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), were lower in their first day of trading following the company's return to the public markets. The Treasury Department, which had been Ally’s majority shareholder after rescuing it during the 2008 financial crisis, raised $2.38 billion by selling 95M shares at $25.00. General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 10% and casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which gained 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which dropped over 6% after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook and the stock was downgraded at both Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 124.91, or 0.76%, to 16,312.27, the Nasdaq was down 92.72, or 2.22%, to 4,091.18, and the S&P 500 was down 21.90, or 1.17%, to 1,850.28.
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February 2, 2016
14:14 EDTGMGeneral Motors technical comments ahead of earnings
The $29 level is an important one for the shares, having held with a few notable exceptions as support since early 2013. If there is negative news and a breakdown below $29, it would be bearish for share price. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $28.19, $27.03, and $26.07. The 52-week low is at $24.62. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $30.11, $32.10, and $34.
14:11 EDTGMAutodata estimates January U.S. auto sales pace at 17.58M, CNBC reports
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13:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors February weekly 29 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q4
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13:13 EDTIMPVImperva management to meet with Buckingham
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12:52 EDTGMGM, counsel ask judge to dismiss bid to undo settlement fund, Reuters says
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12:22 EDTGMEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on General Motors ahead of Q4 report
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12:03 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Wall Street began the session in negative territory and the averages have remained there throughout the day as oil once again weighs on stocks. The price of oil has slid another 4%, giving the commodity a roughly 10% loss over the past two trading sessions. The market's late day rally yesterday gave hope for a decoupling between equities and oil prices, but that appears to be a one day reprieve as the stocks are back in lock-step with crude prices. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 5% in the wake of its report of better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, pushing Google's parent company to overtake Apple (AAPL) as the world's most valuable publicly-traded company in the process... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.5% amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8% in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but forecast 2016 revenue and earnings below analysts' estimates, pushing its shares down fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 4.5% after Bloomberg reported that ChemChina was close to a deal to buy the company for nearly $43B. Also higher were Mattel (MAT), Michael Kors (KORS), and Fabrinet (FN), which gained 12%, 22%, and 12.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Twitter (TWTR), which fell 8% after it was downgraded to Sell at Stifel and following a report claimed that tweets on the service are down 50% from their peak. Also lower were AGCO (AGCO), Harris (HRS), and Pitney Bowes (PBI), which were down 10%, 9.5%, and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) lost 4% and 3.6%, respectively, after reporting U.S. sales for the month of January. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 239.86, or 1.46%, to 16,209.32, the Nasdaq was down 64.83, or 1.4%, to 4,555.54, and the S&P 500 was down 27.87, or 1.44%, to 1,911.51.
10:39 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: LC RAD CIEN
09:56 EDTRADRite Aid's RediClinic, Aria Health announce alliance
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
General Motors said dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January, up 0.5% compared to last year. GM's retail sales rose 9%. The carmaker estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate for light vehicles in January was 17.5M units. GM ended the month with 74 days supply, or 629,878 vehicles, compared to 630,950 units at the previous month end. GM said, "We believe industry fundamentals such as the age of the vehicle fleet, well managed inventory levels, firm used car pricing, good credit availability and low fuel prices will support higher industry sales in 2016."
09:31 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
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07:32 EDTALLYAlly Financial sees FY16 EPS growth target 15%
The company says "Ally's Board and management teams remain squarely focused on creating and building shareholder value, and we consider all options through that lens. We believe in the underlying strength of our businesses, value in the company and ability to drive returns for shareholders."
07:31 EDTALLYAlly Financial reports Q4 adjusted EPS 52c, consensus 51c
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07:09 EDTGMTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:28 EDTGMGM waiting on credit from investors, WSJ says
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February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTGMAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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14:32 EDTALLYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
10:25 EDTRADWilliaOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB ENDP RAD
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10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTEBAYS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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